Fit for All Seasons: Managing and Monitoring Your Portfolio

Portfolios occasionally get away from investors and become financial beasts. You may have one of these creatures in your file cabinet: Your portfolio may be something you started long ago and added to sporadically over the years, never looking very closely at these investments individually after your initial interest or considering how the individual investments…

 

The Portfolio Review: Why It Is Important and How to Do It

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Portfolio Review: Why It Is Important and How to Do It Performing your own periodic portfolio review (quarterly or at least yearly) will help you understand whether you are on course to meeting your goals, or whether you need to change your strategy…

 

Best Practices for Portfolio Rebalancing

The primary goal of a rebalancing strategy is to minimize risk relative to a target asset allocation, rather than to maximize returns. It is well documented that a portfolio’s asset allocation is the major determinant of a portfolio’s risk-and-return characteristics (assuming a well-diversified portfolio that engages in limited market timing). Yet, over time, asset classes…

 

Picking Good Investments, Not Good Stories

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Rebalancing Update: How Frequently Allocations Should Be Adjusted There was a reward for investors who stuck with their long-term portfolio strategies last year: positive returns. Despite the stock market’s dip, the drop and then rise in bond yields, and a panoply of surprising headlines,…

 

The Bull Turns 8 Years Old – Five Observations and Suggestions

Special note: The AAI Investor Conference is special event that regularly sells out. As we get closer to finalizing the agenda for our 2017 AAII Investor Conference, we are giving you the opportunity to have first access to registration and qualify for the discounted early-bird rate. No credit card is currently necessary; simply visit this…

 

Market Movement’s Impact on Portfolio Rebalancing

Sometimes, the market does the hard work for you. Such is the case with my 403(b) account, which is similar to a 401(k) account. Over the weekend, I looked at it for the first time in six months. I could have easily skipped doing so because Mr. Market took care of things for me. There…

 

March AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Three-Year High for Fixed-Income

Fixed-income exposure among individual investors rose last month to levels not seen since January 2015, tying a three-year high. The March AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows higher exposure to equities and smaller cash positions. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 2.5 percentage points, to 64.0%. The rebound reversed two months of declines. It also kept…

 

How Much to Allocate to Each Investment

Determining how much to allocate to each of your investments can seem a tall order. But with an understanding of how factors such as position size, number of holdings, and rebalancing contribute to the success of your portfolio, the decision becomes clearer. Position Size The influence any single investment has on your overall portfolio’s performance…

 

Shorting: A Strategy for Profiting From Price Declines

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Rebalancing Update: A Tiny Raise for Retirees: Even with last year’s volatility, no rebalancing was required. Low inflation caused the withdrawal amounts to increase only slightly. The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015: With April 15 a month away, AAII’s annual tax and…

 

The Danger of Getting Out of Stocks During Bear Markets

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. One of the biggest risks to investors’ net worth is the portfolio decisions they make. Failing to adhere to an appropriate long-term strategy has a significant damaging impact on wealth. Since wealth is generated from the compounding of returns, actions that severely…